Educator Resources for Virtual Labs: Acidifying Salsa

Adding acidic ingredients can protect foods from dangerous toxins produced by organisms like C. botulinum. While C. bot is a common and harmless microbe in the environment, it's deadly when sealed with food in a jar. Virtual Labs: Acidifying Salsa introduces students to proper sampling techniques and familiarizes them with food science lab equipment. The interactive animation guides students through the theory and practice of adjusting pH in a real lab. Along the way, students will gain an understanding of why adjusting a food's acidity can keep it safe.

Virtual Labs Lesson Plan: Acidifying Salsa

In this Virtual Labs lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use an online interactive game to learn about food science lab equipment, proper sampling techniques, and how adjusting a food’s acidity can keep it safe. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »